Due to the French governments financial crisisin result of bad crops and the 3rd estate angry about rising prices of bread. King Louis XVI was forced to call a meeting made up of three estates. Through voting by order, each estate voted to represent their entire estate. This represented a step away from democracy because after the meeting the King, he went back to his own ways.
The March of Versailles
We need to speak with the king!
I've had enough with bread prices!
On 20 June 1789, the National Assembly met in a tennis court and pledged "not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established." Their pledge was successful and Constitution 1789 was born creating a constitutional monarchy. This was a step towards democracy because people had began breaking away from absolute monarchy and coming together as one.
The Reign of Terror
He's a traitor! Off with his head!
All I said is that I liked cake!!
On July 14, 1789, the National Assembly stormed the prison with 1000 other men in search for gunpowder and weapons. Not only did this event cause many deaths, it sparked the French Revolution and became a symbol of the ancien régime collapsing. This event took a step towards democracy because it proved to the king that they wanted change.
The Rise of Napoleon
I can crown myself, thank you very much!
What is he doing?!
Six thousand women marched 13 miles demanding to speak with the king about bread prices. After speaking with the king, he promised to distribute all of the bread in Versailles to the crowd. This event contributed to democracy because it showed that women had political influence, and represented a step towards equality for every man and woman.
After the First French Republic was established, the Reign of Terror began. The Reign of Terror was a dark and brutal time period in which a man named Robespierre ordered execution at the guillotine of anyone who did not support the revolution. This event was a step away from democracy because the rest of society didn't get a say and conflicts were handled in a very unfair manner.
As Napoleon quickly rose through military ranks throughout the revolution, he achieved political power in France. Due to Napoleons military success and reforms such as, controlling prices, setting up public schools, inspiring new industries etc. He crowned himself emperor in 1804. The rise of Napoleon represented a step closer to democracy because it spread the idea of Nationalism throughout Europe.